The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right, a major win for gay couples and marriage equality supporters who spent decades fighting for it. The court ruled in a 5-4 decision. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote:

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were."

Support for gay marriage has shifted rapidly. About a decade ago only 31 percent of Whites supported it, and 21 percent of Blacks, according to data from the Pew Research Center. Today those figures have doubled, and Latinos support gay marriage at equal rates as Whites. Blacks have historically shown less support, which is often attributed to their high rates of participation in formal religion. This graph shows support for gay marriage by race. (Data taken from the Pew Research Center.)

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